A Bloody Mess


While decorating for the Halloween party my roomies and I are hosting this weekend, I scoured Pinterest for all the best, simplest DIYs to make our place look a bit less cozy and a bit more Adams family/Dexter’s kill room.

My first project: bloody candles.  Super easy and looks pretty bloody sick! (You knew I had to use bloody as a British adjective at some point during this post. Getting it over with nice and early. You’re welcome.)

Here’s what I did:

Step 1: Gather white and red candles, some paper towel or wax paper to protect your working surface, and a lighter. In my case, this means a straight up massive BBQ lighter because I am physically incapable of lighting a regular BIC lighter due to corroded thumb skin and minor burns in the past. I’m a really cool non-smoker you guys.

Behold, the Jesus candles I found at Dollarama:


Step 2: (Carefully) light the red candle and let drip all over the top and sides of the white candle, like so.


Step 3: YOU ARE ALREADY DONE. Check it out!


Now, when I bought the Jesus candles, I didn’t even think about the fact that they were lodged permanently into a glass capsule. I just dripped the wax on the glass anyways and still achieved the desired effect, so whatever. IT’S FINE!

I also made a bloody shower curtain, but I’m afraid to put it up until the party because it will scare me every time I have to pee up until that point. I’ll document that beast once it goes up!

Come back later for a decor update 🙂



New Fave


Hey y’all! (Says the Alabama version of me. Hollaaaaaa Hart of Dixie, new fave show!)

I’ve been listening to this song over and over for DAYS and I wanted to share it with you because it’s marvelous and you’re marvelous.

This song makes me think about a sunny day during that period between fall and winter when it’s REAL crisp outside but there’s no snow yet. Maybe it’s because I love this song and I love those kind of days.


Also how good is that video? To me, it perfectly captures the song. OH BABY I love me some good music!

Happy Halloween! And a happy birthday to me Dad! (Says the pirate version of me.)


My Halloween Costume: Maleficent Horns 101


SO. I’m being Maleficent for Halloween. Not the terrifying cartoon version, but the hauntingly lovely Angelina Jolie version because seriously, way better.  Those cheekbones?! WHAT.


Tonight, I started my costume by making Maleficent’s horns. Here’s how:

First, I gathered all of the toilet paper rolls I could find in the recycling bin and cut them into little circles:


Hot glue gun, toilet paper rolls (some with itty bits of toilet paper still attached, for good measure), scissors!

I started hot gluing the toilet paper roll rings together into a horn shape (while staring at the Maleficent poster to determine the shape), starting from the bottom and fitting each consecutive ring into the previous ring slightly to taper the shape.

Here’s the first horn:


This picture it all blue due to flash, and for SCARINESS!

Onto the next horn! Except I ran out of toilet paper rolls halfway through so I had to do this:


Roll removal- proceed with caution. Maybe punch something with your badass tissue mitten.

The hardest part of this whole thing was shaping the second horn to be a mirror image of the first horn.  But I think they turned out pretty decent:


Yay! Semi-symmetry!

Now for the fun part- ELECTRICAL TAPE!

I thought black electrical tape would be the best option because it’s stretchy and it looks leathery, like Angie’s horns. I started from the bottom (am I Drake?) and wrapped the entire horn with the tape, overlapping the layers for extra support:

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The fun part. Does anyone else love tape?

And voila! Here is the finished product:


BAM! A decent pair of horns. I left the bottoms exposed because I’ll need to cut them to fit the curve of my head when I attach them to the headpiece I have yet to make (stay tuned for that experiment). Not too shabby, eh?

The next chapters of this costume creation will be sewing the cape and neck piece, creating the headpiece/attaching the horns, and making the giant magical death staff that Maleficent carries around like a scary beautiful fairy of doom.

Updates will follow. I love Halloween!

Bye for now,


Drawpestry the Second, and Barnslig the Ostrich


Continuing on with this new little obsession I have with wall-hanging yarn tapestries, I tried to be so clever as to be all meta about it and create a drawing OF a wall-hanging yarn tapestry, that you can hang. On your wall. DO YOU SEE!

(But really I just don’t know how to make them out of actual yarn so this is my compensatory alternative method of creating them.)

I’m still loving this grey sketch paper so I used that, pencil crayons, a Sharpie (always), and these skinny markers I found in an old pencil case that is no longer in use (RIP school supplies):


Speaking of obsessions, now seems like the perfect time to make my first list on this blog.  Therefore, here is a list of other things I am obsessed with at the moment:

  1. Truffles that are milk chocolate on the outside, white chocolate on the inside.
  2. Dogs. All kinds.
  3. The “Smooth Morning” playlist on Spotify.
  4. Sharpies.
  5. Mexican blankets.
  6. Baba ghanoush.
  7. Crisp fall air.
  8. My Roots sweatpants, worn daily.
  9. “Partition” by Beyonce.
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Until next time,




I’m listening to all the songs I’ve snatched from Spotify and this is one of my favourites right now. It’s smooth and heavy and sultry and delicious:



Clover Stripes


Lately I’ve enjoyed doodling and line work, and bringing them together to make these weird psychedelic flowers.  There is something so satisfying about drawing your own lines and colouring them in.  I always did love colouring books when I was a tiny human.

I used Sharpie, pencil crayon, and thin-tipped markers:


In a couple of my last drawings I was using white paint to fill in some spots; until I found the glorious invention that is the white pencil crayon in one of my art bags from home.  So much simpler!

I hope everyone has a marvelous October day 🙂